Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)


Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)

Critics Consensus

Il Postino movingly explores themes of love and friendship through sensitively depicted -- and beautifully acted -- relationships in 1950s Italy.



Total Count: 29


Audience Score

User Ratings: 21,100
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In this remake of the 1983 Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta, the time and place have been changed to Italy in the 1950s, but the relationship between the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda and Mario (Massimo Troisi), the postman who delivers his copious mail, is still the focus of attention. In this version of the story, scripted by a collective of Anna Pavignano, the director Michael Radford, Troisi himself, and a few others (based on Skarmeta's original story), Neruda is an aloof and slightly elitist figure who is seeking solitude on an island off the coast of Italy, taking a respite from political problems at home. Mario is a poet at heart and employs every measure he is capable of inventing to win his way into the affections and attention of the great author. As his efforts start to bear fruit and Neruda unbends and begins to share conversation and philosophy with Mario, the postman idolizes the poet all the more. Eventually, Neruda shares his leftist political philosophy as well -- and helps him win over the captivating Beatrice, the woman of Mario's dreams. When Neruda leaves, Mario enters into high gear as he prepares material for the next time he sees Neruda -- his ardor and patience, alluded to in the original title -- are essentially indestructible. (Massimo Troisi) was fated never to know that Il Postino would receive worldwide acclaim and be nominated for an Oscar for "Best Picture" in 1995 (the first foreign film nominated in that category since Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers 22 years earlier). Suffering from a heart ailment and unable to work more than an hour or two on the filming of Il Postino each day, he died in his sleep at the age of 41, the day after shooting ended on the film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)

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Audience Reviews for Il Postino: The Postman (Il Postino)

  • Feb 07, 2014
    This is the one that doesn't star Kevin Costner. The Italian Postman is an absolute delight with a romance mixed in with Pablo Neruda. Who wouldda thunk of that. Very enjoyable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    A beautifuly poetic love story, told with expterise by a smart script and direction by Michael Radford and a heartbreaking a lovable performance from Massimo Troisi, pulling the heartstrings one word at a time. Add a memorable ending and you got a little classic. I just felt it was a bit of shame that the cinematography didn't gave the use necessary of the amazing location the flick was shot. Could've been something way better than what was present but what you have is class.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    The Postman is a beautiful fictional work that reveres words, metaphors, and inspiration. A solemn praise to poetry, grace, and simplicity. Treasured.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I watched this in my Spanish class once for some reason, it's in Italian, though. We also saw the play the film was based on. It's a good romance story, funny, sad, happy, everything a romance should be, I guess. Overall, this is a good movie, but the play is better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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